Cruising why's, how's, Pro's, Con's Part 1

In this article, I would like to explore why I choose cruise things I do and the "how-to" along with the pros and cons of cruise choices. Everyone cruises differently, and that is the beauty of cruising it's your holiday your way! So once I decide I want to take a cruise:

I start looking online for my choices, and I go to websites I can search All itineraries at one time with entering my dates and where I want to travel. One site is Vacations to go not only can you search but you can find great deals and book as well all at the same time.

What I look for in a cruise...…..

1)warm -because I live in winter most of the year and want warm weather to snorkel. The pro on this type of cruise is the cruises are very affordable, the cons are not a lot of difference in cultures, but I go for the sand and water with Caribbean culture anyway.

2)Affordable- because we all can't be independently wealthy, and my husband demands It.

3)I pick the places I haven't seen before first, but I also will go to places I have been if it is the best option. Why? Because for me I will be happy if I got sun, sand, and water to swim.

Once the type of cruise or destination is chosen, I move on to what ship I want. This part is the most fun for me as there are so many types of ships, the activities, style, size are all so different. It's as exciting as purse or shoe shopping. Here is where to find cruise captains recommended cruise Pro's.

cruiseThe Ship...with all the fantastic choices out there this keeps me flipping from one to another often, did I say often I meant OFTEN! I could go back and forth between ships right up until booking day.

While my husband loved the Holland America Eurodam cruise, a ship without all the bells and whistles (was the first time I saw him "relax" on vacation) I want the activities and adventures the large ships have.

The pros- A smaller ship is a more relaxed type of cruise. If you want to kick back and be waited on, then a smaller ship is best. The cons? Well, I actually liked kicking back and being waited on, just not on every cruise.

The larger ship is more explore and do, with possibly a day of kicking back and being waited on. Often the larger ships will have brand coffee places and other name brand establishments not on the smaller ships.

The con's- Larger ships have people everywhere, and there seems to be a ton of walking to get from one end to another, smaller ships have fewer choices for dining, evening activities and amenities.

NOTE: the vacation is yours regardless of the size of the ship. You can choose to kick back on the larger just as much as, the smaller. For me, I want to take advantage of any and all activities I usually wouldn't be able to do.

Once the ship and itinerary have been chosen, it's time to look at cabins, this for me is the most important choice I make on the ship. My first pick tends to be mid-ship with cabins above and cabins below. I initially chose this location because I didn't know if I would get seasick and mid-ship they say is the best place to avoid it. Ca